Gearing Up For Winter Driving

Preparing yourself and your car for the wintry road

Icy rain, hail, sleet, slush, black ice and whiteouts are things you’ve probably never experienced on the road while driving in the country you come from. There are many hazards that the elements bring to the road during winter in Canada, such as slippery roads, poor visibility and gale-force winds.

However, driving in winter need not be that daunting once you know what to expect, learn winter-specific driving techniques and remember a few important dos and don’ts.

Acquiring the right driving skills can give you all the confidence you need, but that’s just one aspect of driving safe in winter. The other is ensuring your car is suitably equipped for the season.

It is important to pay a visit to a automobile service centre to ensure your vehicle is winter-worthy. Most of them offer special winter packages that include important checks.

Apart from the battery, ignition system, brakes, and lights, the most important of all is checking your tires. Replacing your regular tires with the right winter tires makes driving much easier and a lot safer, and is highly recommended.

The earlier you prepare the better, ideally before the season sets in.

To get a better grip on the topic, follow these Top 10 Tips For Winter Driving.

Watch this Video – Top 10 Tips to Prep for Winter Driving

To help Canadians prepare for winter driving, The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) partnered with Transport Canada and released a brochure listing the top 10 winter driving safety tips drivers need to know.

The goal is to help Canadian motorists prevent problems before they occur. The brochure, called You, Your Vehicle and Winter Driving, is a handy guide that includes information about how Canadians can make their vehicles winter-ready, how to prepare for and drive in bad weather, and what to pack in a winter survival kit.

Download your copy of the brochure.